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final freebie #3: fun & funky cards

This is going up a little later than planned, so you have until noon (EST) on Friday to comment to win! There are 5 each of two different card designs in a pink (envelope shaped) canvas box! These are TOO adorable! Perfect for wedding shower thank yous, notes to your bridesmaids, or thank you cards! Plus you could use the box to save the cards you get at showers, etc! And don’t forget to comment by tonight at midnight to win the Party Basics for New Nesters book! winners!

Winners of the gift certificates from are comments #4 and #5, Megan and Stefanie! Congrats girls, I”ll get you your gift certificates ASAP! Thanks to everyone who commented!

Don’t forget to comment here by midnight tonight for a chance to win Party Basics for New Nesters!

freebie #2: party basics for new nesters

Comment by Wednesday at Midnight (EST) to win this great book that offers chic and modern party tips for newlyweds! It’s got some simple and fun centerpiece ideas for all occasions, as well as ideas to pull your event together, tips on the basics like glasses and table settings, and more! The winner will be announced Thursday! Give to a friend or keep for youself:-)

freebie #1:miss now mrs. gift certificate

It’s the end of summer and since we’re rounding up the last of our 2008 weddings, this week we’re going to focus on post-wedding tasks. As promised, we have 3 awesome giveaways this week to help you with your newlywed to-do list!

First up, is a gift certificate from Miss Now Mrs for their $29.95 name change package! If you haven’t heard of them, Miss Now Mrs. will help walk you through the process of changing your name as you go from a Miss to a Mrs! You enter all of your information and it is automatically entered into all of the forms you’ll need! Just print them off and you’re set to go! Trust me, I wish I had this when I went through the name change process and it will make your life so much easier!

So how do you win? Leave a comment on this post (Tell us where you live and your wedding date—or just say hi!) between now and Tuesday at midnight (EST) for a chance to win! We’ll select a random winner from the comments on Wednesday! Stay tuned for another giveaway on Tuesday and Wednesday!

welcome mary beth!

It’s the big announcement we’ve all been waiting for! Well, I’ve been waiting for it, and I am so excited to welcome our 2009 Event Assistant, Beth George! Beth will be assisting with our full-service 2009 weddings along the lake shore and I am so excited to have her join Stella Event Design. She’s dynamic, energetic and so driven, and she will be one more way we offer our clients amazing service on their special day!

Beth is a Southwest Michigan native, and currently lives in Grand Rapids. She’ll be working with us to assist with events from New Buffalo to Grand Haven, and will also be a great point-of-contact and resource for our brides further North along the lake shore! Here’s a quick Q+A to get to know her!

What is your favorite aspect of weddings?
I find that what I become most excited about when attending weddings is how all of the aspects of the wedding are brought together through the use of color, shapes, accents, style, etc.  I am a very visual person and I am constantly looking for individuality from wedding to wedding.  However, just being able to be a part of such a extraordinary event is always very special to me.

What are your favorite wedding websites or blogs?
When I was engaged I found that The Knot was a great site to get information and ideas.  It also sent me reminders about things when I was preparing for my own wedding which would just enhance my excitement for my special day! is a new site to me, but I enjoyed the wedding tips and cake blog!  However, it wasn’t until I visited the Stella Event Design website that I experienced wedding blogs and realized how helpful they truly were! (Sidenote from Jessica: I swear I didn’t bribe her! Thanks for the love, and soon you’ll be addicted to so many more wonderful wedding blogs! )

What are you most excited about for 2009 wedding season?
I am so looking forward to meeting new brides and partnering with them to make their wedding day memorable.  I believe there are few pivotal moments in a person’s life, one of them being the day that they marry their best friend.  I look forward to being able to offer my skills and abilities to the families who I will be working with in 2009.  Personally, I am just excited for the season in general.  Weddings are a special time when friends and family have an opportunity to come together and enjoy each other!  This will be a tremendous thing for me to experience people in their true element!

If you could have a whole wedding cake (just for you) what is your dream flavor?
As much as I would like to seem as if I have somewhat expensive taste, for me it doesn’t get much better than a store bought confetti cake with white frosting!  Although, I had a wonderful 4 layer cake at my wedding and I did enjoy the strawberry flavor!

Beth will be assisting with the remainder of our 2008 weddings and will be coming on full-time in 2009! I am so excited to have her join Stella Event Design—Welcome Beth!

a wonderful week

Photography Week is officially over! Thanks to our photographers who took time out of their busy schedules (during wedding season!) to answer the Q+A’s and get me their pictures—you guys are wonderful!

Don’t forget to check out their websites and blogs!

LVL Photography     Website   Blog
Ben Pancoast Photography    Website   Blog
Monika Photo    Website   Blog

We’ve got a lot of fun posts planned for next week (including an exciting announcement!) so stay tuned!

national eye candy:trista lerit photography

Day Two of photography week (and yes, I’m still excited about it!)…

There are few things I love more than beautiful details! Which is one of the many reasons I love to peruse the blog pages of Trista Lerit Photography! Not only does she have a beautiful and edgy style, but she always shares the detail shots that I just drool over!

Check out a few of these detail shots from her recent weddings and then run over to her blog for so many more! Trista is in Orange County, California, but thankfully you can visit her online for your daily dose of beautiful West coast photography. Make sure you have some time, because I guarantee once you start peaking at her lovely photos you’ll be hooked!

Oh, and her site is covered in pink, which makes her top-notch in my book! Enjoy!

I love this beautiful centerpiece and the perfect linens!

*All Photos copyright Trista Lerit Photography

photography week is here!

I’m so excited that Photography Week is officially here! Stay tuned all this week for fun Photography-related features! We’ll showcase 3 local photographers, offer advise and inspirational photos for your big day, and we’ll even have a guest blogger!

First up today is the lovely Leda of LVL Photography—check out her Q+A this morning , and her featured wedding later today!